Michael Melcher


Human capital represents our abilities to think and to do. Michael Urtuzuástegui Melcher works with clients to bring out the full potential of leaders and teams, sharpen their abilities to make better decisions, and achieve strategic objectives.

Michael has a special gift for communications, including writing, speaking, teaching and working in diverse cultural environments (the middle name is Basque, via Mexico). His clients have included Google, AOL, Turner, BNP Paribas, Doctors Without Borders, Population Services International and the Rockefeller Foundation.

He speaks Spanish and Mandarin Chinese, and has delivered coaching and leadership development programs in Haiti, El Salvador, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Tanzania, France and Italy.

He is the author of The Creative Lawyer: A Practical Guide to Authentic Professional Satisfaction (ABA Books). His next book, Your invisible network: How to Create, Maintain and Leverage the Relationships That Will Transform Your Career, will be published in early 2023 (BenBella Books). He is the creator and host of the podcast, Career Stewardship with Michael Melcher.

He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and earned a JD/MBA from Stanford. He previously served as a Foreign Service Officer in India and Taiwan, worked as a securities lawyer with Davis Polk & Wardwell, and founded an Internet start-up.

He lives in Manhattan with his identical twin sons, Nicolas and Mateo.

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Harvard College
Stanford Graduate School of Business
Stanford Law School

Hudson Institute Santa Barbara
Immunity to Change Certified Coach
Myers Briggs Type Indicator
Rocket Model for Teams

Selected Clients
Google, Goldman Sachs, TowerBrook Capital Partners, Davis Polk & Wardwell, BNP Paribas, Rockefeller Foundation, Natural Resources Defense Council, Population Services International, Morrison & Foerster, BDO Consulting, TMV

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